Hurricane Or Rather “Terrocane” Dorian

Hurricane Or Rather “Terrocane” Dorian

Why I Have Not Posted

It’s been just over a month since I last posted…yes, that’s quite a while.

Lots has been going on at many levels that warranted my attention making the time to write limited, and when available, truthfully, the inspiration simply was not there.

The most impactful of all events during this period was Hurricane Dorian, in my opinion better termed “Terrocane” Dorian because of the terror and destruction it unleashed on my country, the Bahamas.

“Terrocane” Dorian Arrives

On Sunday. September 1st, Category 5 “Terrocane” Dorian, packing winds of 185 mph with gusts over 220 mph and storm surge of up to 25 feet, made landfall on our island of Abaco, then a day later on our island of Grand Bahama where it lingered for over 36 hours, more than 18 of which it sat almost stationary, before leaving.

“Terrocane” Dorian was the strongest Atlantic storm on record, tied only with the 1935 hurricane that hit the Florida Keys, and the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas.

“Terrocane” Dorian Destroys

“Terrocane” Dorian left UNPRECEDENTED DEATH, and CATASTROPHIC DEVASTATION.

To date, the official death count as a result of Dorian’s passage is 58 and expected to rise as there are still 600 persons missing. Approximately 13,000 homes were severely damaged or totally destroyed, about 70,000 people are homeless, and the overall damage has been estimated at over $7,000,000,000 US Dollars.

“Unbelievable! Indescribable! Unfathomable! Mind-blowing! Terrorizing! Gut wrenching! Heartbroken! Dazed! Confused! Never seen anything like it! It’s like a bomb was dropped! I have nothing left but I thank God I’m alive! I saw the water sweep people away! My son was snatched out of my arms! My mother fell off the roof into the surge! I can’t locate my sister and father! The windows of my house blew out with a boom! The roof flew off the shelter! The walls fell in! Water filled the entire bottom floor of my house up to the ceiling! Bodies were everywhere! The stench of death was in the air! Gone, everything once recognizable is gone! I want to wake up from this nightmare!”

That’s just a mini sample of some of the sentiments expressed by persons after the storm, and though riveting in and of themselves, even those words pale in their adequacy to reflect and express what transpired experientially and materially.

The Nightmare Of A Missing Relative

My family experienced first-hand the nightmare of having a missing relative after the storm.

One of my aunts, a medical doctor who lives on the island of Grand Bahama but held a clinic on the island of Abaco remained on Abaco to ride out the storm.

I spoke with her on the Sunday morning that “Terrocane” Dorian began making landfall and lost all contact with her that afternoon because of the storm.

As a result of this, my family and I had no way of finding out how she fared during the storm or if she was dead or live after it left.

Although we were outwardly calm and kept the faith, not knowing my aunt’s condition or whereabouts was a harrowing experience for me and my family, especially considering the fact that the area in which she stayed was decimated…the word was “Marsh Harbor Abaco is gone!”

Seeing all the pictures and videos of devastation and raging flood waters, and hearing multiple stories of bare survival, death, and destruction via social media and over our local television networks made the situation even more dire, yet we remained prayerful and hopeful and did all we could to find out anything at all about her well-being.

It wasn’t until 3 days later on Wednesday evening that I received a text message from an anonymous number telling me that my aunt said to let me and the family know that she was okay, she made it to a shelter and needed help to leave Abaco.

Once I verified that the information was legitimate, I let my family know my aunt was okay and the rejoicing began…we are so, so grateful to the Lord for keeping her safe and sparing her life in the midst of all the danger… Praise His Name!

Back Home Safe

The ensuing miraculous chain of events orchestrated by God that enabled my aunt to leave Abaco and arrive safely in Nassau, our capital, within the next 24 hours in the midst of thousands and thousands of people trying to do the same thing is too much too relay at this time, but again, I must express thanks and praise to God for His Grace and Favor.

God’s arm of protection was around my aunt in so many ways, especially considering that the entire second floor of the two-story building where she stayed was completely destroyed and she had absolutely no idea of the destruction that had taken place just above her head

It was not until when during the eye of the storm, fearing for their lives, her landlord and his wife who lived in that space fled downstairs to seek shelter in their other apartment unit and knocked on my aunt’s door in transit letting her know what had happened, that she realized what had occurred.

Our story has a happy ending and we are eternally grateful to the Lord for that, but many other persons were not as fortunate.

Because of this, even in the midst of our rejoicing, we mourn with the persons who lost family members to death and with those who still have them missing, and are saddened by the multiple reports of persons who have lost their homes, businesses and all their material possessions…it’s been a true bitter/sweet experience.

Moving Forward

“Terrocane” Dorian has wreaked tremendous havoc and destruction on our Abaco and Grand Bahama islands and in the lives of the people who inhabited those islands.

While addressing the United Nations General Assembly last week, our Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis described Hurricane Dorian as a “generational tragedy” and called on world leaders to take urgent action to combat the global climate crisis. This is critical not only for our nation, but for many other nations of the world.

In an effort to constructively and proactively move forward, Prime Minister, Minnis has established a new government ministry, the “Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction”, to lead recovery and development efforts, as well as future disaster responses in the country. 

If you want a better idea of what has happened and what is happening now in the Bahamas in terms of recovery and relief efforts, you can click here to start a Google Search – “Hurricane Dorian Bahamas

Grateful For Assistance

The people of my country and I are extremely grateful for the overwhelming love, concern, support, encouragement, prayer and multi-level assistance that has poured in, and continues to pour in to our nation.

Although a resourceful and resilient people, we need as much help from the international community as we can possibly get as we walk down this almost overwhelming never-before-travelled road of disaster relief, recovery and re-building.

I ask that you remember our nation in your prayers and if moved in your heart to assist in some way, here’s a link https://www.bahamas.com/relief to some of the official organizations and agencies that are able to facilitate the same.

Why God?

Some ask, “Why did God allow this to happen?”

Thoughts, opinions, theories and prophetic words abound, but the truth of the matter is that no one will fully knows or fully understands why…perhaps God may reveal it at the end of time, should He choose to do so.

What I do however know is that no matter what perplexing phenomena occurs in this earth realm, we as Believers must trust God’s Character, Wisdom and Sovereignty, respect the fact that His Ways are Higher than our ways and His Thoughts Higher than our thoughts, and accept the fact that He is God and we are not.

Heal…Re-build…Arise

“Terrocane” Dorian left UNPRECEDENTED DEATH, and CATASTROPHIC DEVASTATION on our islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, but by God’s Grace, Wisdom, Mercy, and Provision, we will heal, rebuild and arise.

MARCH ON BAHAMALAND

“The Lord is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.”

Nahum 1:7 – NKJV

Peace & Blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “March On Bahamaland” Feat. Angelique Sabrina courtesy of REV from Cable Bahamas

Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Bang!…And Miraculously, Randomly…There It Is!

Take a look at the books in the photo above.

Supposed I told you that in a simplified nutshell, this is how each book in the photo came into existence.

A Viable Theory?

In the beginning there was a bang!

Then out of nowhere, letters miraculously randomly appeared.

Then out of nowhere, paper miraculously randomly appeared.

Then the letters that appeared miraculously randomly placed themselves on the paper that miraculously, randomly appeared and formed correctly spelt words….

Then these miraculously randomly formed correctly spelt words miraculously randomly formed complete sentences…

Then these miraculously randomly formed complete sentences miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs…

Then these miraculously randomly formed comprehensive paragraphs miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters…

Then these miraculously randomly formed cohesive chapters miraculously randomly came into perfect order.

Then a book cover miraculously randomly appeared out of nowhere..and designs and more letters that became words began to miraculously randomly form on it…

Then the book cover miraculously randomly opened and the paper with the words and sentences and paragraphs and chapters miraculously randomly jumped into the center of the open cover and became miraculously bound….

And poof!…there was the book!

That’s it!

There was no inspired author…just a bang and all of this miraculously, randomly happened and a book was the end result.

Would you believe me?

Of course not.

If it can’t happen for a simple book, do you think it can happen for an entire universe and every living and non-living thing in it?

Selah!

Women of God, let’s be wary of all the theories and philosophies out there that conflict with or seek to undermine or invalidate, as opposed to complement and further enlighten what God has told us in His Word about creation.

The Real Deal

Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The rest of that chapter and chapter 2 expands on the process and Psalm 104 and Job 38-42 gives further insight.

“SO WILL I (100 BILLION X) – HILLSONG UNITED

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:1-3 – NIV

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

Colossians 1:16 – NKJV

Be encouraged today to hold fast to God’s account of how the universe and all creation came into existence, to teach it to your children, and to share it with others.

Peace and blessings,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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